Embracing Facebook

There was a time when I would say nothing nice about Facebook. I used to think it was such an invasion of privacy and I really couldn’t understand what the big draw was to the site. I was so put off by Facebook’s privacy polices that after numerous threats of doing so, I finally left the site.

But then I realized that once I was in a world without Facebook, I was kind of left put of the loop. I think a site with over half a billion active users says something. And it just so happens that most of the family members and friends I know are included in those half billion users.

So now, I’ve decided to embrace Facebook – albeit in a very careful and cautious manner – and use it as a more productive communication tool. It is becoming very evident that the people running Facebook are not just running the largest social network site on the planet, but they are honing it into a fully evolved web based platform. There won’t be much you can’t do online that won’t have Facebook’s touch added to it in some way.

I guess that’s a good thing, right? I mean, I don’t know, that’s why I’m asking. You click a Like button that Facebook has placed on a web site, and the next thing you know, you get an ad on your profile page that is relevant to what you liked. I guess that’s better than seeing an ad about something you don’t like. I was dead set against using that Like button but now I’m not so sure. I must say, three are ads on my profile page that I could care less about so maybe I should start “liking” stuff.

Facebook Places. There’s another thing I dreaded the thoughts of. But I thought what the heck, if I’m going to enjoy the Facebook experience, I might as well jump in with both feet. Its not like I’m broadcasting to the whole world my whereabouts, just those I care about. And if you’re on my Friends list, you’re cared about. Besides, if Facebook Places catches on and more of us use it, I could check into somewhere and find one of you there. It actually betters the chances of a – chance meeting.

In closing I would like to mention that I’m not afraid to admit I was wrong about Facebook. Sometimes you just have to give in to the masses. And when the masses are five hundred million strong, one little opinion like mine doesn’t stand a chance.



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